'It's Kind of a Funny Story' could be the small movie to see this fall

Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, September 12, 2010; E24

Since making their feature debut in 2006 with the astonishing "Half Nelson," Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have exemplified a generation of young filmmakers whose spontaneous sense of narrative, intimate filming and humanistic compassion have reinvigorated American movies. Like "Half Nelson," the team's last film, "Sugar" was from an original screenplay. This fall they deliver their first adaptation with "It's Kind of a Funny Story," an adaptation of a novel by Ned Vizzini. And check out the cast: Zach Galifianakis, Lauren Graham, Viola Davis and . . . Emma Roberts? Kind of random! If anyone can make it work, it's Boden and Fleck. -- Ann Hornaday

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